Friday Fuel! Be Good at Stress

Happy Friday!

First and foremost, please watch this amazing video of Cyndi Lauper and James Corden singing “Girls Just Want Equal Funds”.  My girl Cyndi Lauper puts a feminist twist on “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and it’s great! Enjoy and share!

I am pumped to be sharing some great info in this week’s Friday Fuel.  My wonderful husband shared this video with me a few weeks ago and I absolutely love the message: how to be good at stress. I have always perceived stress as the enemy, attacking my mind and body. I am not sure about all of you but when I’m going through a stressful situation I feel my heart pounding, the anxiety kicks in, I’m physically exhausted and when it’s really bad, I get this wonderful twitch in my right eye. Good times…

The science of stress says that these reactions are actually not that bad for us. What? (They feel pretty bad to me!) Our physiological response to stress is one that our body learns and grows from. Research shows that when your body goes through a stressful situation the physiological and neurological responses develop our bodies in ways that boost our resiliency and ability to manage future stress. It’s amazing! In the video I shared above, Psychologist Kelly McGonigal says the key to not letting stress take you down is your mindset. If we view the physical and mental response to stress as our  body rising to the challenge, then we are far more likely to reap the benefits of that experience. This concept was a huge light bulb moment for me…my body is ramping up to kick ass! All this time I was dreading stressful situations but in reality, they are making me a stronger more resilient woman. I guess the old theory that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”is actually true!

So, let’s embrace the day and all the stress that comes along with it! Choose to view your body’s stress response as the biology of courage development. Move forward each day with the right frame of mind and don’t let stress take you out.

Today’s quote is another favorite of mine and helps me manage stressful times…

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Emerson

Getting up close and personal this week with Chumlee! I’m not sure he even knows what stress is…

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Embrace the day!

Christina
Twitter: @CTurner_Strong
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#Embracetheday

 

 

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